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Premium Payments for Professional Services Staff

 

Premium payments for professional services staff pdf(240 kb)

 

 

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1. Introduction

2. Duties-based payments

Technical demonstrator

3. Hours-based payments

Unsocial hours payments

24-hour shift allowance

Alternating shift allowance

On-call and call out payments

4. General

Allowance Payment Request pdf(103 kb)

Unsocial Allowances Claim Form pdf(23 kb)

 

 

 

1. Introduction

1.1 This policy sets out the situations where professional services staff on the single pay spine may be entitled to receive an enhanced or ‘premium’ payment in addition to their basic salary. Unless otherwise stated in an employee’s contract of employment, any such payments are discretionary.

1.2 This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and may be amended by the university at any time.

1.3 Where an employee is temporarily undertaking the duties of a higher graded post (either fully or partially ‘acting up’, for example to cover another employee’s absence), please refer to the Additional Payments and Honorarium Policy.

 

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2. Duties-based payments

Technical demonstrator

2.1 The university will pay an enhanced rate to an employee when they are carrying out the role of technical demonstrator and such duties are not part of their normal role for the university. Managers should discuss the requirement for this type of work with their PVC/Dean or Director and seek advice from HR. Managers should, where possible, seek to ensure that the opportunity to undertake such tasks is made available to all relevant employees who have the required skills/competences. Managers should also refer to the following university guidelines: Principles Governing the Employment of Senior Technical Staff as Part-Time Lecturers/Demonstrators/Instructors in the Workshops and Laboratories of the University.

2.2 The payment is split into a higher and lower rate depending on the additional duties and responsibilities required and undertaken.

2.2.1 Tech Dem A: Applicable to employees who are demonstrating techniques to classes/groups in the absence of academic staff. They are not required to set exams or be involved in course development. However they may be asked to mark and assess practical work.

2.2.2 Tech Dem B: Applicable to employees who are demonstrating techniques to groups/classes and give advice on specific experiments. They are not required to set exams, be involved in course development, mark/assess practical work or carry out responsibilities of academic staff.

The payment should be claimed using the Allowances Payment Request form pdf(103 kb) in respect of all hours worked as a technical demonstrator and will be paid in addition to basic salary.

2.3 HR will confirm in writing to the employee the rate that has been awarded, the amount to be paid and the duration of the payment.

2.4 The current rates are stated on the intranet which can be viewed at: Hourly Part Time Lecturers & Technical Demonstrators. The rates are subject to annual review.

 

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3. Hours-based payments

Unsocial hours payments

3.1 The university will pay an enhanced rate to employees who, as part of their contractual hours and normal working week, are required to work outside the university’s core hours of 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday. Normally these payments will apply only to employees on grades A – D although the university has agreed that library staff who work in the library in the evenings after 8pm and at weekends may receive a payment for working outside the university’s core hours.

3.2 The unsocial hours payments are as follows:

3.2.1 Hours worked outside the university’s core hours Monday to Friday: 30% of the basic hourly rate paid in addition to the basic hourly rate in respect of hours worked outside the university’s core hours. For example, if an employee is required to work 5pm to 10pm they will receive the 30% enhancement on hours worked between 8pm and 10pm only.

3.2.2 Hours worked on Saturdays and Sundays: 50% of the basic hourly rate paid in addition to the basic hourly rate in respect of hours worked at the weekend. The definition of weekend hours is midnight Friday to midnight Sunday.

3.3 Unsocial hours payments do not apply to employees who work shifts.

3.4 Employees who on occasions are asked to work outside the university’s core hours by prior arrangement with their manager as additional hours/overtime should claim for these hours using the Monthly Overtime/Additional Hours Claim Form if they are eligible for an overtime/additional hours payment (normally grades A – D except where exceptions have been agreed by the university).

3.5 For employees who work an irregular work pattern outside the university core hours as part of their normal working week, the line manager should complete the Unsocial Allowances Claim Formpdf(23 kb)

24-hour shift allowance

3.6 This allowance is applicable to employees who are required to undertake a 24-hour/seven day shift pattern eg security staff.

3.7 The 24-hour shift allowance is 20% of an employee’s basic salary and is paid in addition to an employee’s basic salary, plus an allowance of double time for work undertaken on bank holidays and concessionary days.

Alternating shift allowance

3.8 This allowance is applicable to employees who work alternating shift patterns that do not extend to a 24-hour shift pattern. For example, employees who are required to work 6am - 2pm one week and then 2pm - 8pm the next.

3.9 The alternating shift allowance is 10% of an employee’s basic salary and is paid in addition to an employee’s basic salary.

On-call and call out payments

Please refer to the university’s On-Call and Call-out Policy and seek advice from HR.

 

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4. General

4.1 Where more than one hours-based premium payment could apply only one rate will be paid, whichever is higher. For example, working after 8pm on a Saturday will only attract the weekend enhancement; working a shift on a Monday evening will already be contained within the shift allowance payment.

4.2 Premium payments will only be paid where the applicable duties/unsocial hours are actually worked. They will not therefore be paid at times when an employee is absent on sick leave although they will apply to the calculation of pay for annual leave purposes.

4.3 Premium payments will normally be pensionable in accordance with the applicable pension scheme rules for professional services staff as amended from time to time (normally the Local Government Pension Scheme).

4.4 For new starters where the type of post attracts an ongoing premium payment and where the employee is working a regular pattern of hours outside of core hours as part of their contractual hours, the HR Services Team will liaise with payroll accordingly to ensure the correct pay elements are applied automatically from the first applicable payment date. The new employee will be advised of any premium payments applicable to their post at the time of appointment.

 

Allowance Payment Request pdf(103 kb)

Unsocial Allowances Claim Form pdf(23 kb)

 

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